Free Money From The Government – More Stimulus Checks and Tax Credits in 2020 and 2021

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[Latest Update] Lawmakers have passed legislation – known as the CARES act – that will provide stimulus payments of $1,200 per adult or $2400 for couples. For families they would provide $500 for every dependent child. The full stimulus payment would be made to those earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for couples) and would phase out to zero for those earning less than $99,000 ($189,000 for married couples filing jointly). SSI and Disability recipients are also eligible for this payment. Families with no earned income or no federal income tax liability would still be eligible for a minimum payment of $600.

See additional details in this article which is updated with FAQs around when this will be paid out and how the IRS will know were to pay this out to based on your 2018 or 2019 filings.

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With the economic fallout from the Coronavirus continuing to affect millions of Americans directly or indirectly, President Trump is pushing congress to approve immediate cash payments and tax credits. This is part of the overall economic stimulus package under consideration and is aimed at providing an immediate financial boost to those Americans who may have lost a job or at high risk of losing it.

Cash payments could range from $800-$2000 based on several different options, with the most likely a $1,000 cash payment followed by tax credits in 2020 and 2021 tax returns. These stimulus payments would be done via direct payments (2 weeks from when the bill is approved) with likely no repayment obligation. Rules will be attached to ensure that these payments only go to those who need it but this is a fast moving situation and official details are still to come. See this article for further updates.

I will continue to provide updates on economic stimulus payments and I encourage you to subscribe (free) Email via or RSS to get the latest news.


[Obama Stimulus Update] Is a 2012 jobs and stimulus package on the cards? As discussed in this article, President Obama has indicated that his new economic recovery plan will be released soon; which will aim to provide benefits for a number of groups struggling under tough economic conditions.

No New Taxes with Tax Extensions Approved. President Obama has now signed into law a bill that covers a temporary extension of all the bush-era tax cuts. The new bill also contains extensions to some of the 2008 stimulus tax breaks, and even has some new tax cuts. You can see more on these extensions here. With this legislation he has essentially created a new 2011 Economic Stimulus package, estimated at around $858 billion.

Further, there will be no $250 SSI payment in 2010. See this article for the latest developments on this payment into 2011.


[Updated for 2010-2011 payments] All the tax credits/deductions and payments provided in the massive 2009 economic stimulus package will no doubt be hard to top in the years ahead. However the good news is that there will be more credits and deductions available to most Americans in 2010, 2011 and beyond. These will continue to be funded from the $700 billion stimulus package, with additional funds coming from President Obama’s ten year annual budget. From previous posts on the stimulus tax credits and the over 400 comments, folks are clearly divided on the payment of these credits with many complaining that these payments and tax breaks are just more wasteful government spending with little real impact. However, for many Americans, young and old, these payments are a big and much needed boon in tough economic times.

Whatever your stance as it relates to the stimulus payments, many of these tax credits and deductions have been passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. So if you qualify, saying no to what amounts to free money is just bad personal finance. Therefore plan ahead and make sure you take advantage of these credits.

Recently Updated Articles and New Stimulus Payments

No 2011 Social Security Increase as COLA stays FLAT
2010 Small Business Jobs Bill – Tax Breaks, SBA Loans, and Bonus Depreciation
Obama Health Care Rules Effective Now

The Making work pay tax credit provides $400 for individuals and $800 for couples, phasing out completely at $190,000 for couples filing jointly and $95,000 for single filers. Because the credit is refundable (people can get it even if they owe no tax), most low-income workers will also qualify for the full credit. If you’re eligible, your payroll administrator will make the withholding adjustment automatically and thereby increase your take-home pay. The average worker will see this tax credit in the form of a $10 and $20 pay rise per year based on your tax rate. You may prefer not to adjust your withholding amount and can get your stimulus in a lump sum payment as a tax refund when you file your 2009 and 2010 taxes.

Home Owner Credit Extended (now expired): While you could have claimed the $8,000 stimulus funded new home buyer credit this year, many Americans will be claiming it in their tax returns. Here are some of the updated provisions in the extended home buyer tax credit

– The deadline for qualifying home purchases has been moved from Nov. 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010 (and possibly moving to Sept 30 2010). Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase. (see this post for details on a further extension into 2011 of the home buyer credit)

– The maximum credit amount remains at $8,000 for a first-time home buyer – that is, a buyer who has not owned a primary residence during the three years up to the date of purchase. The new law also provides a “long-time resident” credit of up to $6,500 to others who do not qualify as “first-time home buyers.” To qualify this way, a buyer must have owned and used the same home as a principal or primary residence for at least five consecutive years of the eight-year period ending on the date of purchase of a new home as a primary residence.

– The new law raises the income limits for people who purchase homes after Nov. 6. The full credit will be available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000 and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7, 2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place. The full credit is available to taxpayers with MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and $95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify.

Mass Transit Fringe Benefit in 2010: Employees may exclude from income $230 per month in commuter transit benefits in 2009 and 2010 (adjusted for inflation). These qualified transportation fringe benefits are excluded from an employee’s gross income for income tax purposes and from an employee’s wages for payroll tax purposes.

New Vehicle Tax Deduction in 2010: In addition to the working tax rebates and home owner tax credit, the stimulus bill provides tax breaks for new vehicle buyers by giving them a federal-income-tax deduction on local and state sales and excise taxes. It enables taxpayers to buy now and get cash back later on in their 2009 tax returns (filed in 2010). It is applicable to the sales and excise tax on any new vehicle up to $49,500 of the purchase price. The car, SUV’s, light trucks or motorcycles must be purchased after Feb 16, 2009 and before Jan. 1, 2010 to qualify of this tax deduction. This provision that can only be claimed when filing 2009 returns, but is unlikely to be extended into 2010 or later given the improving fortunes of US automakers.

Energy Credits in 2010 and 2011: Given the President’s strong focus on the environment and clean energy, it was not surprising to see additional tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements. The Stimulus package provided for a uniform credit of 30 percent on the cost of qualifying improvements up to $1,500, such as adding insulation, energy-efficient exterior windows, and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems. The credit can be claimed via your tax returns in 2010 and 2011 for improvements placed in service during 2009 and 2010.

Education Credits claimable in 2010 and 2011 – The new American Opportunity Credit modifies the existing Hope Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010, making it available to a broader range of taxpayers, including many with higher incomes and those who owe no tax. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. The full credit is available to individuals, whose modified adjusted gross income is $80,000 or less, or $160,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student, so make sure you look into it, to help with rising college costs. There are also provisions in the 2010 budget to increase the maximum Pell Grant for college students, from low income households, in the next school year to $5,550.

2009 and 2010 Social Security Payment. President Obama has proposed another $250 one time stimulus payment to social security recipients in 2010 as detailed in this article “An Extra $250 Social Security Stimulus Payment in 2010 for Retirees, Veterans and the Disabled“. If you have not received your 2009 payment, make sure you visit the SSA website and follow up via the provided phone numbers. There is still no word on the final status for the 2010 payment. However, this has been offset for a a number of seniors with the $250 Medicare Drug Coverage Gap (doughnut hole) Rebate approved Under Obama Health Care Reform

The bulk of tax provisions in the stimulus package affect tax year 2009 – individual tax returns due April 15, 2010 – and tax year 2010 – individual tax returns due April 15, 2011. So it is important to plan your 2009 spend to ensure you qualify for the credits and deductions.

Health Care Reform Credits and Payments – The now approved $940 billion health-care reform bill which extends health insurance coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, also has lots of credits and tax breaks over the next few years. This includes a $250 payment to seniors on Medicare. The $250 payment to offset the Medicare drug coverage gap – known as “doughnut hole” – a big, expensive gap in coverage that affects millions is among the first to be addressed under the new health care law will be in effect in Autumn of 2010. In 2011, Medicare eligible participants would also receive a 50% discount on brand name (non-generic) drugs.

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81 thoughts on “Free Money From The Government – More Stimulus Checks and Tax Credits in 2020 and 2021

  1. My wife and I have lived in Australia for over 48 years and we receive Social Security benefits monthly. Are we entitled to receive the $1,200.00 each stimulus check from the US Government. We normally receive our Social Security via direct deposit on the 3rd day of each month. Cheers! Dennis & Mary Piller

  2. Thankful to be well alive not homeless , children ok and our Trump keeping it from happening.So God Bless and Thank you Trump

  3. Yes im disable& at high risk when wii i get my stemaless check & how much will it be for ? Im on ssi i dont even draw enough to even live on month to month! I worked all my life& and payed ih federal & state taxes it a crying shame what they let me draw a month & what little Medicaid wii do! But let every other people in from all over the world & give them all kinds of federal government assistance! God help us in the good ole united states of America!

  4. Nothing is FREE.

    We should stop calling them all ‘ENTITLEMENTS’ Get it straight: Welfare, food stamps, wic… ad nauseaum are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded HANDOUTS, and shouldn’t be called ENTITLEMENTS at all. Not a single person receiving welfare is ENTITLED. Get it right welfare recipients. This is a handout to help you while you look for work to be a self sufficient citizen. Social Security and veterans benefits are entitlements because WE the people receiving them are ‘ENTITLED’ to them. They were earned and paid for by the us the recipients.

    1. Wow i am on welfare and i have worked my ass off since i was 16 and i am 43 now i have put into the system pretty much all my life. Who are you to point your dam finger acting like you are better then me or the people tht are on welfare now i know there is alot of people who miss use the system but thts not my fault but you might want to change your narrow minded brain cause you are nobody special then me so kiss my ass

    2. You go!! Exactly. Every working taxpayer had deducted from their paychecks social security taxes. I worked for the Feds for 23 years, paid into the system the whole time and my sons now complain that social “dues” are being taken from their paychecks to support “deadbeats” who are milking the system by relying on these “perks” that are taking money from their pockets. I never would’ve predicted that after those 23 years, I would become disabled and forced into retirement by going on disability. As it stands, I have had no choice. Irony here: my older sons live with me, I pay all of the bills, they supply only moderate amounts of food that I have to subsidize too. And they have the nerve to tell me that I am milking from them and all hard working Americans by being on SSI. My husband died prematurely 4 years ago and their brother, his then 12 year old son, receives SSS. These (just being polite) “working taxpayers” like my two older sons, should be ashamed of themselves. I paid into social security for my entire working life and I am sorry but disabled is disabled and thank God I had social security to fall back on and thank God my younger son had social security to fall back on since he lost his father, my husband. My ungrateful sons would do good to realize that without their disabled mother’s financial planning and her generosity in ALLOWING them to live under her roof and pay all of the household bills; they would be on “Handouts like WIC (as one of them has children, isn’t married and his girlfriend and their children live here also) and now unemployment (not a handout) due to coronavirus. Who’s the SPONGE NOW?!

  5. Please don’t give me any cost of living raises. The last one subtracted $6.00 from my social security
    check. They say we get 1.7 % cola in 2013 — That one subtracts $2.00 from my check. A COLA is
    susposed to be a raise. Now if congress lets the US government go over the cliff, take away all
    senators and congressmens checks for at least 6 months. That should include the president, cabinet
    and other people working in Washington

  6. My husband died a few years ago and I was told about a vertrains pay that is due to spouses. How can I find out more about this?

    1. Go to your local Vets office and ask them to help you find out. I was married to a vet and I receive a payment because he was 100% disable. I think that there are a lot of different reason that a spouse to receive VA checks. I hope this helps you.

  7. I have looked every where to find out where my mother could go to sign up for this Stimulus Social Security Check and I have had no luck. I feel like this was kept from the majority of the people so that they would not make the dealine and they would not receive the money. why didn’t everyone receive something in the mail about this? This may not be a great deal of money, but to my mom this could help her more than you know. My mom’s name is Alice M. Gholston (DOB) 11-29-1940. Please respond back to me ASAP.

    Thank You

  8. I need help please! My neighbor at the shelter I’m staying at(I’m disabled with multiple sclerosis and on social security disability)told me and showed my a 500$ check his fiancée received because “she is disabled & on ssdi as well) they said by calling an 800# u could get this payment in 2 weeks; well they never gave me the#(I believe their on drugs big time) and I’ve been searching the Internet like crazy because that 500$ could basically change my life! If anyone on this forum knows about this or can help in any way PLEASE RESPOND! I’m in Louisiana. Thank u! Melissa bennett

    1. My cousin called me and said her sister received a $500 check in the mail today she draws disability and so does her boyfriend and he recieved one also. I can’t find anything on a stimulus check or anything like it anyone have any info on it. Just curious about it. thank you

      1. Hi Melissa, yes it is true and several people have been receiving the $500.00 checks in the mail. I know of several persons on disability that received it. It comes in the form of a Tax Refund Check from the IRS. I am not sure on how they calculated this but persons on disability is entitled to it. There is a number that you call and within four weeks you will receive the $500.00 Government Check in the mail. The process is quick and easy in which you respond to a few questions they ask you and then they will let you know if you qualify for the Tax Refund Check over the phone. I hope this information was helpful and pass it on to others that are in need of it before holidays.

        1. Sorry – I am not sure what 800 number Melissa is referring to. The IRS 800 help number is 1-800-829-1040 . You can also try the ssa.gov site for more information. I would be very careful about contacting “other” non-official sites which could be fraudulent.

        2. I would like the number also I could sure use 500 firast I heard of this

  9. I would say at this point nooo 250 check for 2011. Only Hope is a Rise of 30.00 in Jan 2012. If that dont Happen Good Luck folks Food goes up every week only so much you can do with pifff of a amount of 674.00 a month. Sure would like to see old Harry live on 674 a month for 5 years

  10. What the hell is going on? What website do we suppose to go on to find how to apply for it? Im tired of hereing bout it and not receiving it. Holla back soon and post the info.

  11. THIS IS NOT FREE MONEY NOR IS IT THE GOVERNMENTS. IT IS OUR MONEY THAT WE PAY TO THE GOVERNMENT. ALL OF US OR I SHOULD SAY 50% OF US PAY IN, THEN WE WATCH AS OUR MONEY IS BEING ABUSED BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABSOLUTLY NO CONNECTION TO THIS MONEY OTHER THEN SPENDING IT WILLY NILLY(BRIDGES THAT GO NOWHERE). AGAIN I SAY THIS IS NOT FREE MONEY. IT IS OUR MONEY. DO NOT BE FOOLED.

  12. There are alot of you that should really be ashamed of yourself. Judging others without knowing anyones situation is wrong. Not all people choose the life they have. It is not like anyone asks to be ill and not everyone enjoys getting assistance. I have been sick my entire life with surgeries and illnesses and spent many years without health coverage.. ill be paying the bills back for the rest of my life. I have worked for most of my life starting as a teenager but sometimes your not able to. I am still struggling with going back to college again and im in my 30’s. I am married and have children and my husband works his tail off. I was not always in the situation where I have suffered financial hardship so I am insulted when people say well you shouldnt have kids then. That has nothing to do with it. Do some families deserve to suffer if there is an instant death that was unplanned and then they are about to lose everything? No. It happens and everything happens for a reason. Its all in Gods plan. Yes some people do take advantage of the system but its not our place to judge or be envious or hate. For years I was too worried to get any help because even when I had wic people would make rude comments because it took so long at the register, yet I was working three jobs and raising my children. Many of us have paid our taxes and still do. Some of us get denied total diability based on our sex and age, and this was proven in my case at one point, they came right out and said. I could not even walk or function in everyday life with an illness, so if there is a stimulus package or any help I see nothing wrong with that. Maybe it should just be monitored and people should have to turn in receipts for the things that were purchased so wreckless spending doesnt occur. I agree that there is alot of money spent on vacations from the president but I dont envy him at all. In fact, I would not want his job nor to be rich, I just want to be able to live comfortably. If I didnt experience all my struggles I would not be the person I am today. I would most likely just blow money on senseless things. I understand that some of you are upset because of the racist and negative comments that are written on here but that is their opinion and if it is trashy then that is something they have to live with and answer to, but stooping to anyones level does not make matters better. I think some people need to take a good look at how they present themselves and change their ways. Im sorry for anyone that really truly needs disability income and I feel for you believe me, life is not easy when your disabled and personally I would much rather have energy and be able to enjoy the things that I so long ago once did, and maybe I will. I have experienced many miracles in my life and seen many in others but this is our world and we are the ones that have to change it. We can make a difference if people choose to or we can sit back and complain back and forth and do nothing. God bless!

    1. Some powerful words. I agree you need to be the master of your destiny and not just a passenger of fate. However, at certain times, folks need a little help to deal with tough economic and life conditions.

  13. My mom is disabled. She has parkinsons and alzhimers,and cannot care for herself. I will have to leave my job ob 26 yrs. I will have no income or medical coverage but my mom needs me. Is there a way to recieve income and medical coverage for taking care of a disabled parent?

    1. im sorry to hear about your mother and that u have to loose your job…i am disable ang my mother is too and my brother get paid through a program to be our home care aid…there are programs where you can get paid as a home care aid from the state to take care of your family members. just google it for the state you live in and see what programs in your area

  14. Since one of the bailed-out companies has paid back their loan—— Now can seniors,handicapped,etc get a stimulus payment to offset the high prices of everything?????

    1. You changed your tune pretty fast, eh? And no, you will not get any stimulus. There must be an island somewhere that you can go to and won’t have to put up with all this crap from all these crappy people, starting with this administration that doesn’t give a hoot about seniors, handicapped, etc. Air Force one, the parties, the traveling is expensive.

  15. If there is some one that is rich and would like me to get house i have some one to
    give me a some land to put house it . I am on disability and i need help to get a house can
    you help me.

  16. I FIND IT TO BE STRESSFUL AT TIMES. NO RASE IN TWO YEAR NO $250.00 ONE TIME PAYMENT FOR 2010. BUT WE FIND THAT AND LIVE IN WORLD THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING UP. GAS PRICES AT A ALL TIME HIGH. OIL COMPANIES HAVING 22 BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT. PEOPLE LOSING JOB EVERY DAY. BUT YET DOING ELECTION TIME SO MANY PROMICIES TO MAKE THING BETTER.

  17. I congratulate myself for not voting for Obama. This man has done nothing for the poor, the retired and the disabled. Instead, he gave away billions to Wall Street, the banks, Fannie and Fred. He has traveled the world with his wife, children his mother in law (a highly educated and knowledgeable woman), and an entourage of thousands at our expense. His wife spends like there’s no tomorrow on clothes for her and the rest of her tribe, State dinners, banquets, jewelry, etc. I thank Mr. Trump for having cornered that man re: his birth certificate and within a couple of days ”he” showed us a new and improved piece of paper, which we all know is another forgery. Did anybody notice the arrogance of that man? he ”told us” that he didn’t have time for ”silliness”, that he was busy, that he had things to do. Did anybody notice how he stuttered a couple of times? then he turned around and left, ignoring the reporters. And he was busy indeed, he and his wife took a helicopter that flew them to Air Force One, which in turn flew them to Chicago to pay a visit to their good pal Oprah. After that, they flew to NY and attended three fund raising for his ”campaign” although he’s still president, and after that, they met with the commie jew Myers who wrote him a sketch so ”he” could appear funny. I suppose it was their best shot considering that they were NOT invited to the royal wedding. Within a short time after that, he told us that Osama was dead. Too many coincidences, too soon. And like a real marxist dictator, ”he” decided not to show us any proof of his deed. Personally, I don’t believe that Osama is dead, why should he be? That man is hiding somewhere with the aid of the US, and will keep a low profile for some time, his family, although ugly tribal muslims, are powerful and very wealthy. I remember that on 9/11 that tribe were the only ones in the US allowed to leave the country in a private jet, although nobody was allowed in or out from any airport for a very long time. Now “he” will push once again for an Immigration Reform = Amnesty and if you think we are poor now, wait until the 15-17 million illegals become residents, they will raid Welfare, Social Security, Medicare, and every other freebie they are not entitled to. For years I have written to ALL our congressmen and senators even Soc. Security asking them why do foreigners who have never worked a day in this country get SSI checks, Medicare, food stamps, low income housing, free utilities and now free cell phones with minutes included. Just because they turn 65 or they have an idiot for a kid they get all kinds of freebies. I congratulate Merkel, she has been deporting whole families from Germany and she doesn’t care if they were born there. She started with the Turks, now she’s deporting all illegals. President Reagan approved an Amnesty back in 1985 which was going to put an end to the illegals. That didn’t work out, that same day until the present the illegals keep crossing the border, the Africans come hidden in ships, the Hindus have taken over, the Filipinos, the chinks, Russians, do the same. Others come on ”tourist” visas but forget to go back when the visa expires. This country is upside down and the whole world knows it. I read foreign magazines and newspapers and we are the joke of the world.

    1. You seem to be dissatisfied with everyone and everything. There must be an island somewhere that you can go to and won’t have to put up with all this crap from all these crappy people.

      1. I don’t hide in an island or anywhere else. Thanks to people like myself things change. Either you are blind to the FACTS I posted or you are a hypocrite.

    2. do you have anything to back up your claims? because everything i read in your paragraph is just unsubstantiated rhetoric from the “tea party” as they call themselves. and by the way, your bail-out comment… uh, that was bush’s doing. the fact the economy tanked in the first place, uh, lets see, yep, under bush’s watch. and yes, we are the laughing stock of the world, but it is you and people who think like you that are being laughed at. how about being a good person and getting behind our popularly elected leader, or sit down and shut up. just admit it, you have nothing to back up your rediculous points of view. maybe your just a racist. and dont reply with some crap about how you have a black friend, so you cant be racist, that is an insult to your black friend

    3. stop hatten she is entitled to that, when Bush was president was anything said about spending issues then, no i dont thinks so, so why is it a issue with Michelle O. Bush messed everything up now expects obama to fix his bullcrap>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    4. Oh my goodness to actually have read all that bogus bull you just wrote. Lord have mercy on your dumb behind. Tribe indeed. Look at the regulated spending silly person. Obama and his family have to pay out of their own pocket for their personal spending. Look at the rules and such for being a president. They even have to pay for their own food they eat at the whitehouse. The only real benefit they get for his being president is not having to pay rent or a morgage for the time they live at the white house, unless of course they have another home in which they will again have to pay out of their own pocket. Stupid people such as yourself work my darn nerves with all the hoopla you speel out of your top poop shoot. Get a life please and let real people state their concerns and not your ignorant prejiduce self.

  18. I want to know if there will be a stimulis check for people that is on social security we are not geting a raise we dont even have the money to put groceries in the house it is like President Obama has forgotten the seniors something is wrong with this picture we put him in office now he has forgotten his promise.

  19. HEY ALL I HAVE 6 TICK BORNE ILLNESS’S AND THE GOVERNMENT AND DOCTORS WILL NOT HELP ME AT ALL… I AM OFF THE POVERTY CLASS ABOUT TO LOSE EVERYTHING INCLUDING MY VERY LIFE BECAUSE NOONE REALLY CARES AND I AM ONLY 32 YRS OLD I AM BROKE THIS IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTING GENOCIDE/ EUTHINAZATION BY ALLOWING LYME DISEASE TO EXIST… AND USING IT TO KILL THE POOR AND ELDERELY AND POVERTY STRICKEN OR ANYONE THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LIKE…. I AM DYING HERE AND BROKE AND YET I CAN NOT GET TREATMENT OR HELP … NOONE WILL HELP…STOP THIS CRISIS OR SAVE LIVES…… NOONE THAT IS WHY I NEED YOUR HELP TO SUE THE BIO WEAPONS LAB SO I CAN START A FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE TO GET REAL HELP IF THEY SUFFER FROM LYME DISEASE I WANDER HOW MANY PEOPLE REALLY HAVE AND DO NOT KNOW BECAUSE THE DOCTORS AND GOVERNMENT ARE COVERING THE TRUTH UP……. OR HOW MANY LIVES HAS IT TAKEN THE DEATH TOLL??????NOONE KNOWS BUT ALL I CAN SAY THE NUMBERS OUT WEIGH ANY OTHER DISEASE IN THE WORLD… EVEN CANCER HEART DISEASE AIDS…. ETC ETC…. PLEASE HELP SAVE A LIFE MAYBE THEN SOMEONE CAN THEN DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY AND WORLD FOR THE GOOD AND BETTER OF ALL MANKIND!!!!!!!!

    1. You are so right. They cut out so much on medicare/medicaid if you qualify at all, that it is impossible to live. They are not thinking, the people that are in need of help are the ones that paid it in. Not just lived off of what others have. They are killing the workers so they can
      take care of the ones that don’t want to work and have no intentions of helping anyone, not even theirselves.

  20. If we are bailing out banks and corporations then that means they are the welfare recipients. Only they get the million and billion dollar checks. If a single mother applies for the same she’s lucky if she gets an extra hundred dollars a month. Where are the million and billion dollar welfare checks for the people?

  21. If you want a job go to China or stop shopping at Wal Mart or Target. Support the Unions and US made products.

    1. Far as i know you can- One way to find out go to a tax service place and ask them but i think you can good luck

  22. I collected unemployment 1n 2010, did not worked, my son is a 46 years old who is disable snd collecting disability, he lives with me. Can I count my unemployment as an income and get some money back?

  23. “Extended till 2013 : The Making work pay tax credit …”

    When was the extension approved? If the MWP credit IS extended through 2013, then the net effect combined with the reduction in SS contribution (from 6.2% to 4.2%) will be better! I tried Googling this but haven’t found anything. Is there any way your posts could reflect the date posted? thank you! :o)

    1. well boo hiss! LOL. I thought I missed something there … oh well. Back to my big $8 a month extra income from the SS reduction! Thanks.

    2. yeh I agree with others. I have heard about the flags that get put on the bills and Obama is no different than any other! He lied. If I become the president I will send out stimulus package!! HE HAS APPROVED 2 SO FAR!! RESEARCH SHOWS THAT WITH THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF both stimulus packages, every household. EVERY HOUSEHOLD WOULD OF GOT 1 MILLION DOLLARS!! come on! Its all about the money. Everyone im sure, EVEN Obama has good intntions to do good things, but money gets in the way people do favors and in return you give their business 3 times the amount the helped. We need some smart people who actually want to save money in office, Obamas wife, not Obama himself. Took 100 friends in jet to Paris for a week and other places. Come on, I bet she didn’t have 100 friends before her husband was president. Not saying she didnt have friends. But I bet people are using her, for publicity, etc. We need to stop helping other countries because I have seen the first one help us. WE help them out and yet they sell our bill we owe them to CHINA!! People I dont like Chinese food, at this rate one of our presidents is gonna have to hand our COUNTRY over to them!! Come on!

  24. Well I wonder still will they do anything for the ss people on a low ss because we worked low wage jobs while we tried to raise our kids and get by as best we could.

  25. When you file your taxes this year (2010) Use Turbo-Tax Online… It will let you know if you get a Stimulus or not. (automatically)

  26. I would like to know how can one qualify for a stimulus check. I have Sickle cell diaease.I get less than half of ssi,(according to what i bring home from working) and i also work part time. i would like to move closer to my job. i have no money to move. i live 30 miles away each way.i”””m buying gas every other day, everydayif i have to go to the store, appointments, ect. i barely can make ends meet. when ever i go in the hospital(because of my age the crisis are getting worse) iget behind in paying bills. by the time i catch up i’m backin the hospital.i can’t get medical insurance because i only work part time and medicaide dosn’t give you dental ins. I need dental work real bad. i need clothes. it is not my fault i have this disease.but sometimes i feel it is.

    1. Debra sometimes I wished I was a millionaire. People like you would be the first on my list to help. I also get ssi, my problems seems trivial to yours. Wouldn’t it be easier for you just to leave your job and concentrate on your health? That way you can get a full check, full medicaid and maybe dental. I thought dental was included in medicaid, it is included in mines. Trust God always Debra and have faith, you have the will, so I know there is a way. Bless you and may your road get easier.

      1. Tersa, I wish there were more people like u in the world. This world would be a much better place. I’ve always had the same wish as u. But I want to help people like Debra and the kids of the world. I hate to see a child suffer.

    2. Sahara, you are one of the most ingnorant people I’ve ever heard of. Have you totally lost your mind or have you ever had one in first place. Hooray!!!! You are one of the very few who is actually capable of living without help from anyone. And that’s a bunch of BULL. Because the rich couldn’t be rich wihout other peoples help. It’s people like us that buy the products that them rich. I am so happy for you. But, you need to talk about what you know about and stop having diarrhea of the mouth. Spouting a bunch of sh**! What kind of people raised you? Or were you maybe raised by wolves? You are so uncaring and so self rightous and people like you make me sick! I actually feel sorry for you and your parents. Especially your parents, because they are the ones that have to claim you as their daughter. You said your Mom worked three jobs to support her family and that’s great for her. And I applaud people like her for making such a huge sacrifice. But in doing that, the children are the ones who suffer. Just look at how you turned out, educated but still stupid as hell. I want you to know that your right, it’s nobodys fault that people are born that way or have something to happen to them so they end up that way. But I am talking about having empathy not sympathy and compassion for people in these situations. Everybody needs help sometimes. My story is almost like Debra’s. I was born with sickle cell anemia and I’m 38 now. And jus like Debra, the older I get the worse I get. And for your information, I have worked. And I’ve worked quite a bit. So I have paid taxes, even when I’m not working I pay taxes for any and everything I buy. And I’m only eliegable for about $20 in food stamps and all I get from the government is $599.00 a month. Now you tell me how the hell am I supposed to live off of that. I have to pay for my own medicare and my rent was just raised by $207. I also, just like some of these other people, can’t afford to buy clothes or go to the dentist because medicare doesn’t pay for dental services and medicaid only pays to have all your teeth removed and they (the gov’t) took that away from me years ago. I don’t know about you, but I like eating my food, not drinking it. And I like working, but guess what, everytime I get a job I get fired because I stay sick and in the hospital. I was jus fired last week from a part-time job because of my disablity. Even though it was not the best job in the world and it didn’t pay much I loved it. But for every dollar people like me make, the gov’t finds a way to take half of it. And I am also educated. I have a bachelors in communicative disorders. Something I thought I was born to do, but while I was in school I went through so much because I missed classes when I was sick. I even went to class sometimes when I was sick. Walking on crutches because my leg hurt so bad I couldnt walk on it. For those of you who don’t know what this disease does to a person you should really educate yourselves. But guess what Sahara, even though I went through hell growing up and still do, my parents taught me that no matter what you’re going through, remember there is always somebody that’s worst off than you. So I don’t complain, I deal! But I also let people know what’s on my mind. And when people like you and Andrew start talking trash I have to say something. Some people take that freedom of speech thing to damn far. Didn’t your Mom ever tell you that if you don’t have something nice or positive to say, to SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!! People like you discuss me and you should never be given an opportunity to speek on any issues because the things you say are just straight up STUPID. It’ people like you that make other countries hate us. They think everyone is like you, out for themselves, selfish, materialistic and heartless! You should get a clue and take a hint from people like Teresa, who wants more money, not just for herself but so she can also make a difference in someone’s life. Like someone said earlier, what goes around comes around! And like you boo boo karma is a BITCH!!!!

  27. Nice post….When I read this post it reminded me of my class mate. He always kept talking about this. I will forward this URL link to him. I am very sure he will love to read it. Thanks for sharing. You are bookmarked!

  28. WE SOLD OUR HOME AND BOUGHT A NEW ONE ON MARCH 11,2010,WE QUALIFIED FOR THE $6500.00. al our paperwork is in order.WE HAVE YET TO RECEIVE THE CHECK!!!!WE HAVE CALLED SEVERAL TIMES AND THERE IS NOTHING MISSING FROM OUR PAPERS AND NO VALID REASON WHY WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN THIS MONEY THAT YOU SO FREQUENTLY ADVERTISED. WE ARE RETIRED AND HAVE EVERYTHING IN ORDER. NOW WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE, AND HAVE SENT HIM, AGAIN COPIES OF ALL THE PAPERS REQUIRED. HE SAID THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM/////
    STILL—NO CHECK. SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? IS THIS HOW WE TREAT THE OLDER AMERICANS?

    NOT A GREAT POLICY TO LET PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU’RE DOING A WONDERFUL THING AND NOT MAKE GOOD ON YOUR PROMISE. ANOTHER COUPLE WHO BOUGHT IN THIS DEVELOPEMENT HAVE NOT RECEIVED MONEY YET EITHER.
    SORRY, BUT THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING.
    THANK YOU.

  29. i am a mother of 2 and i had to quit my job just because i could not find a daycare who would take my youngest daughter with the health problems she was haveing and still is she is getting ssi and the sezuiers are getting worse and the trips back and forth to riley hospital from terre haute can cost if you know what i mean. i can use that money as well as a whole lot of people and i do aguree that some people do use the help to much and some people lie as well and for me and the ones who tell the truth deserve that money. i dont know where you heads are out but get them out from behind you and stop hideing and do your jobs.

  30. I am a working mom and I also take care of 2 disabled children who get ssi so dont tell me about I dont pay taxes I do. Have you ever tried to explaine to an autistic child that he cant get something in a store because you dont have enough money because the utility bills go up and rent is slowly increasing because taxes are going up. I am glad there is help out there for people who need it. Now I do agree that people do take advantage of the system and work it and they will get caught but you cant put everyone in the same boat there are some people that have to quit there jobs to care of loved ones because they cant afford to put them in a home so yes I do think they need a break every now and then and GIGI god bless you for takeing care of your dad because alot of people would not do that I help take care of my grandmother who is 87 and she trys to pay me but I tell her no because she took care of me when I was little now it is my turn but alot of you rich people should be ashamed of yourselves because what goes around comes around think on that for a while. What if it was your family( like mom or dad) that was like this and on ssi or ssd and needed help would you tell them TO GO GET A JOB or would you try help them????? cause if you did and you were my child well you wouldnt be my kid any longer because i would have brought you up better.

  31. To Sahara, who said We who are Disabled, should not get a Stimulous Check. and did not pay Taxes? I am Astonished at this Thoughtless Comment! I agree with Anonymous, Chatter too! How Dare this person say this about Us!!! I take care of my Dad, 96, For Free, with All My Love,Who Lives With Me, since My Mom passed away, 21 years now. Do You know what it is to Not Be Able to Work Anymore, or have such Bad health, You don’t know if You Will Be Living Next Year? I did pay Taxes, Worked to Support my Daughter, Self, and Parents. I Cannot Believe the Cruelty, of this Person! I don’t Smoke, Drink, or do Drugs! I am a Generous Good Person! No one knows what is in Store for them, or if something Bad will happen to Them and They Cannot Work Anymore, or Eat, or Live for that matter!! She Should Thank, God for HER Health! Think Before You Speak, and Judge Someone!!! GIGI

  32. If I do not owe IRS IN 2010 can I STILL GET CREDIT OF 1500 DOLLARS FOR NEW AIR & HEATING UNIT?

    1. It is a tax deduction, so it will be deducted from taxes you owe. Tax credits will also be applied to your IRS debt first.

  33. I’m trying to find information on an educational opportunity the government is supposedly offering, whereby they (the gov) will pay you to go back to school. If such a program exists, where can I find information regarding it.

    Many thanks,

  34. I’m sorry, but all I see here are people complaining. What happened to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what can you do for your country.” Everyone is asking for money and hand outs. I dont agree with the trillion dollars in bail outs. I think the govt should be more like the regular American people, if we need something we save up for it until we can afford it.
    I don’t mean to be cruel, but I also don’t think that people on ss and disability should get stimulus checks or refunds; you don’t pay taxes!!! You have to save up for retirement, if you can’t live off your retirement savings, guess what, time to go back to work. I’m gonna take it a step further and say that there needs to be a cap on welfare, something like you can only collect it for a max of a year every 5 years. My mom raised four kids, working two to three jobs and was NEVER on welfare of public housing. Why? She believed that welfare is for those that truly couldn’t take care of their families. As soon as we were teens and could work, we did, and gave our mom over a third of our paychecks to help her pay for bills. All four of us are college educated, homeowners, who can afford their life style. Americans have become lazy and want everything handed to them on silver platter. Its called work people, if you want more money, get a second job or third job. If you can’t work because you’re disabled please don’t complain that the government isn’t giving you enough. I know its not your fault that you are disabled, but it also isn’t everyone elses. And there is a lot of fraud in the disability system, so I wonder how many people are actually unable to work to those who are just looking for free money.

    1. Sahara – Let the truth ring loud and clear!
      Our children are being born into this country’s overwhelming and growing debt. Eventually, someone has to pay for it. Obama is turning this country into a socialist disaster. Where does everybody think all this money is coming from? The money tree? Grow up people! It all comes from us, the working class. We aren’t paying enough money in taxes right now to cover this but we will. If you work, your going to pay for every nickel of it or your kids will. It’s like taking money from a baby – literally. Remember all of this when you vote in 2012.

      1. want the truth go to zfacts.com and learn about our debt under each president what you will find is that almost all of our debt $9.2 trillion of it was racked up under the watch of President Reagan and the twoPresident Bush’s mostly under W. They spent us broke ran the bus into the ditch and are now fighting off the tow truck untill they can slither back into power without the republican party’s obstruction things could be fixed sooner to say the least

    2. WOW! what a cruel person you are…you must be wealthy and don’t care about the people that worked all their lives and put onto ss…..I agree with some of the things you say about some people becoming lazy – but….not all of them….try to get a job at 75+….you are certainly an UGLY person…hope someday you experience some of the things that the people who are really in need are experiencing

    3. so why do people pay into the system because you are gonna get mess up one day .what about people that have x on they back they have family so they applied ssi because the people don’t want give other folks a chance somebody gave them a chance?

    4. so why do people pay into the system because you are gonna get mess up one day .what about people that have x on they back they have family so they applied ssi because the people don’t want give other folks a chance somebody gave them a chance? we need mr.obama to get it right bush couldn’t

    5. Sahara im sorry but what you siad is very rude and discrminating you dont know what it like to live on low income all your life untill youve done it your self my husband make 1000 amonth and some time less and in the winter when it snow or rains he cant work he works lanscapping this last mont in january we payed da rent late which is 649 a month plus our lights are about to turned off cuz we only had enough to pay the rent plus we still have left to pay the car ins& also my 3 yr old & i both have asthma& my medicaid was recenlty stopd & now they r denying it to me &we cant afford health ins my son was sick sept oct nov dec & jan &3 times in the er w/ fevers of 104 we live paycheck2 paycheck& r cars are breaking down but we dont have the money &i have to worry on how to feed my family i recieve ebt but my benifit are gettin ready to decreas so dont tell us to stop complaing& remember im not the only 1 struggling to live lots of people r and theres little work u have $ to pay ur bills we dont

      1. Oh Nicki….
        I am sorry things are hard for you but I feel I need to give my two cents seeing as you have offered yours. I was raised majority of my life low income so I DO understand what its like. My mother was single and worked two jobs. I like Sahara also had to contribute my paycheck to our household when I was a teenager. That being said, I would like to offer some advice. First you need to sell a vehicle!!! A family of three can survive with 1 vehicle. We have for years and you can to. Stop wasting your money on the internet and go visit your local library and lastly please stop acting like you have been wronged because you are not receiving every program out there. You would be very surprised to find out that the majority of Americans suffer severe health conditions. My husband suffers from end stage renal failure. We are extremely low income but we have NEVER asked for a handout or ever received a government program. I walk to the grocery store or take the bus. I coupon and do all kinds of odd jobs to earn money. When you have no choice but to survive you do. I worked at a hospital and unfortunately the ER is abused by parents of Medicaid who bring their children in with “non-emergent” issues simply because they can. Those of us who have to pay for our insurance choose to not abuse the ER. Stop asking for handouts, complaining and get to work!

    6. i know a lot of people that rather drink/smoke and live a low life of being on drugs and that are truly using the system, which is just sickening/im tired of paying taxes for people that are using the system, please hurry up and evaluate these people so they can stop getting away with this.

    7. Disability is different from the regular welfare system. These are people who have illnesses that have them bedridden, crippled, in daily unbearable pain to the extent that they can not work. The thought that you believe that we should not be helping them is revolting. That is pitiful. You should always offer a helping hand to some one who needs you. These are not lazy Americans who sit around watching TV just collecting checks. You can’t be healthy and live off of this wage and enjoy life.

      My grandmother just past away a few months ago at 67 years of age. She worked full time over nights stocking at a Walmart until the doctors told her to stop working; because she was passing out at work. With her Chemo treatments she had dropped down to part time and use ssi to help make her car payments, and pay for her other bills. But she had to stop working entirely several months after because the cancer in her body was killing her. This wasn’t from smoking or other bad habits, but a cancer she got from her childhood job working in a factory around asbestos was preventing her lungs from functioning. She’d never been unemployed her entire life until the end. A state program even sponsored her stay in a very nice hospice house. Because of programs like this we were able to afford end of life care for her. Not everyone on these programs is some one abusing the system.

      The only changes they should make for this system would be to increase the pay out for disability. Then for all programs like it (including and mostly the welfare program) is that people should have to pass by yearly randomized drug testing to be on them (mostly the nastier drugs like heroine, cocaine ect).

  35. is there going to be a stimulus check this year or a ssi credit was just wondering

    1. Perhaps. However no word of an official payment yet. Per the post, this provision was removed from a recent jobs bill, but could be back later this year. I will update as soon as I hear anything.

  36. I WAS TRYING TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE 2010 STIMULUS PACKAGE HOW TO APPLY . I SEE ALOT ABOUT IT BUT NOT REALLY SURE WHAT I’M LOOKING AT…ANY WEBSITE IN PARTICULAR?

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